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Kids love to have fun, get messy, experiment, and be creative. Since cooking is all about those things, it's no wonder that kids love to cook.

When I first started writing kid's cookbooks more than 15 years ago, my children were young. They enjoyed everything about being in the kitchen. They played with my pots and pans, my wooden spoons, and even my plastic containers. Whenever they asked to help, I found them something to do, whether it was washing and tearing lettuce for a salad, stirring up a batter, setting the table, or sampling a recipe. Now that they are teenagers, they have a better understanding of the ins and outs of meal planning, food preparation, and, of course, nutrition. As they move forward in their lives, they will have a strong foundation for being independent adults and teaching their future families good skills as well.

The first edition of The Everything® Kids' Cookbook was published in 2002, to encourage parents and kids to have fun in the kitchen. Since that time, we have seen a strong interest in kids' nutrition and the need to start teaching early so kids will enjoy happy, healthy lives as they get older. With the surge of childhood obesity in our society, now it is even more important to teach our kids about nutrition and how to manage their food intake. If we can get children interested in valuing their bodies and their food intake, making the right food choices, and managing their portion sizes, they will be off to the best start life has to offer.

With The Everything® Kids' Cookbook, 2nd Edition, we have kept much of the valued information found in the first edition while updating resources and nutrition information that may have changed in recent years. We have also added some new recipes, but kept many of your old favorites. The book continues to incorporate fun, too. You'll still find games, puzzles, and fun food trivia that will make your day a little brighter.

Kids (and adults) will continue to enjoy everything that The Everything® Kids' Cookbook, 2nd Edition has to offer. And remember, the most important lesson of all is to build strong memories with your families that will last a lifetime.

Happy, healthy eating to you and your family.

**While cooking, children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

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